Friday, 17 June 2011

Chilling Out With Ben & Jerry

As we cross the border back into the US of A, the only French thing is the name of the state - Vermont which is just as green and mountainous as you would think.  To satisfy my inner child, we take a trip to the Ben & Jerry's factory at Waterbury.

The very sight of the place is enough to make you smile - with oversized cartoons and bright colours (or should that be colors?).  As we purchase our tickets, the guy asks us,  "Why do cows wear bells?"…  "Because their horns don't work of course!!!"

The tour begins with a short Moo-vie which tells us the Ben & Jerry's story - this moo-vie contains a number of other bad cow puns. Then we're taken to a viewing platform which allows us to look down on to the factory floor and as our guide explains the process, we can see the various pipes, conveyor belts, pumps, vats and the people that make it all work. A guy who's looking after the machine that puts the lids on the tubs looks up and waves - they're either really happy in their work, or drugged up to the eyeballs for our benefit.

Finally, we're taken down to the Flavor Lab (notice I've got bored of correcting the spellings), where new and exciting blends are created. And it's here that we get what we've all been waiting for - some ice cream. Today's new flavor (sigh) is "Late Night Snack" and it was inspired by Jimmy Fallon of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" fame (no, we'd never heard of him either - I suspect he's like Jonathan Ross, but not as highly paid).

Late Night Snack is basically vanilla ice cream with caramel and, wait for it… ready salted crisps covered with fudge. Yep, fudge covered crisps - and I thought we couldn't beat chocolate covered bacon.

But it's really quite nice, the saltiness of the crisps offset by the sweet juxtaposition of the fudge, perfectly balanced with the ice cream creating an explosion of flavours and sensations. Sorry, went a bit Oz Clarke there, but it was good.

We finished the tour with a few more cow gags.

Q: What do you call a cow that's just given birth?
A: De-calf-inated.

Q: What do cows have for breakfast?
A: Moosli.

Q: Why do milking stools only have three legs?
A: Because the cow has the udder.

Anyway, time to Moo-ve on!

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, yeah; but it's not exactly Otley Races, is it?